Teenage Son Of Montgomery Gentry Lead Singer Dies Of Drug Overdose

By McCarton Ackerman 10/05/15

Hunter Montgomery was in critical condition before passing away.

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The son of country music star Eddie Montgomery tragically died of a drug overdose last Sunday and his mother is hoping the story will serve as a cautionary tale to others.

Hunter Montgomery, 19, had been in critical condition in a Kentucky-area hospital before passing away. Although Eddie initially posted on the Montgomery Gentry Facebook page that Hunter died of “an accident,” his mother, Tracy Nunan, set the record straight in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE magazine.

"Since the media refuses to respect our request for privacy, I'm taking another route in hope that we might get some peace for our grieving, and more important, in hope that Hunter's story might help others. Our son died of an overdose,” she wrote. “We believe it was accidental and will continue to believe that. We know that he needed help. Maybe Hunter's – and our family's – pain will help another family avoid this. Not a day will go by without our missing him. Now that your curiosity is satisfied, please have the respect to stop hounding us. Instead, take our story and use it to help others."

Eddie wrote on Facebook that he "would like to sincerely thank the thousands of people that have overwhelmed us with an outpouring of support and love following the death of my son. My family sincerely thanks everyone for our continued privacy as we grieve.”

Coroner Gary Ginn said that an official cause of death will be revealed when toxicology reports are released in about three weeks. The Montgomery family has since set up a fund through Helping Hands Ministries in order to help support Hunter’s four-month-old son, Bennett.

Montgomery Gentry have five No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot Country songs chart, with the most recent being “Roll With Me” in 2008. Three of their albums have been certified platinum.

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